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Trunk music (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Trunk music
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1997.
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, F/C Harry Bosch, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, book #5, 999 challenge

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There’s really not all that much I can say about a Bosch book that I haven’t said before. The plots are always well-crafted and complex, with excellent twists and turns that you never see coming. No threads are left hanging, no plot points unresolved. The world-building is excellent and always reflects the changing social climates, technology, and the like, as the series moves through the 90s toward the new millennium.

All in all, this book was just another great installment of the series. It had a great mystery, some good action scenes, and a fairly satisfying conclusion. I can’t really come up with any complaints.

In fact, I actually like this book a tad bit more than I did some of the other novels, due largely to the inclusion of a new and improved cast. Kizmin Rider and Grace Billets added some good diversity to the mix of characters, which has, due to the (admittedly realistic) social climate of the LA police in the 90s, been a bit too white and a bit too male in the past. It was good to see the books reflect the sorts of social changes that actually occurred during this time period and bring in some fresh faces.

It was also a great relief to see these faces well-characterized and not left flat on the sidelines.

I think my only “issue” with the book was the final chapter, which involved a coincidence so absurd that it made me roll my eyes. Personally, I don’t think it was necessary, and it took away from an otherwise strong ending. It wasn’t a deal breaker or anything, but I did fit it pretty annoying.

Other than that, though, (and it is a pretty minor thing, to be honest), Trunk Music was another fantastic Bosch book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next few in the series! ( )
  TherinKnite | Jan 19, 2015 |
Did not enjoy this Harry Bosch series read quite as much as some of the others. When B-grade L.A. movie producer is found stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls Royce, all signs point to "trunk music" --a mob hit. Detective Harry Bosch, returning from his "involuntary stress leave," is not so sure. And when he finds the money trail, he follows it…all the way to Vegas.

Seems this Tony had his share of enemies, and in no time, so does Harry: Vegas thugs, LAPD's organized crime unit, a smarmy internal affairs investigator and, of course, Tony's killers. Everyone wants a piece of Harry. And somehow, they've found just the way to get it. . . Eleanor (ex lover of Harry's gets involved and some romance rekindled as he faces the trunk music. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
An interesting title filled with more twists and turns then I expected. And logical ones at that! I'm glad to see the return of Eleanor Wish, but I'm ambivalent about how I feel since I know from later books she isn't permanently in the picture. I really like Lt. Bullets, a strong but soft feminine side.
I wonder how / if they'll keep the FBI as part of LAPD's life. ( )
  skinglist | Jul 20, 2014 |
After his utterly catastrophic meltdown in the last book, Bosch is somehow back on Hollywood homicide and about to get into his first case--a man executed and shoved in his trunk. It has all the earmarks of a hit by the outfit--a little "trunk music," as they would say. But Bosch, suspicious as always, grabs hold of the case and refuses to let go, even though it leads him into a tangled mess of gambling, revenge, and the mob in a city even more corrupt than his own: Las Vegas.

Although it wasn't deep or particularly thought-provoking, in terms of pure easy-going enjoyment, this one might rank top of my list in the series so far. Very little of the book is spent agonizing over Bosch's personal tragedies. It's back to business as usual in this one, Bosch actually has reasonable control over his temper, and the mystery takes center stage. Our 'walk-on-to-prove-a-point' female characters from the last book are gone, but this time, three new ones have been introduced--and two aren't even love interests! What a thought! I'm curious if they'll stick around. The mystery is solid, the plot is fun, and Bosch, rather than antagonizing everyone he meets, actually has some great and heartwarming moments of camaraderie and (for him) friendship. Overall it adds up to a very enjoyable read. ( )
  page.fault | Sep 21, 2013 |
Not one of the best Harry Bosch books, in my opinion. Burdened by the wooden romance. ( )
  Laura400 | Jul 16, 2013 |
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LAPD Homicide detective Bosch is back from an involuntary administrative leave just in time for the bodies to start turning up. When he finds hints of an mob hit but can't interest the organized crime unit in the murder, Bosch has to take the investigation into his own hands in a this hard-boiled tale full of sharp turns. Fans of Michael Connelly's excellent, The Poet, will go wild for this even better addition to the Harry Bosch series.

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A detective investigating a murder is fired for his efforts because his probe disrupted an FBI sting operation. He is Hieronymous Bosch of the Los Angeles police department who was investigating the slaying of a movie producer. A tale of Hollywood films, crooked money and crooked cops.… (more)

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